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Eprise Hooks Mitsubishi with Extranet Server

Eprise Corp. Thursday picked up another customer for its content management platform -- this time in the form of Mitsubishi Electric Automation Inc. (MEAU), which will implement the Framingham, Mass. firm's Participant Server to manage its Web Store and extranet.

Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

As a global supplier of automation products for industrial manufacturers, Vernon Hills, Ill.'s MEAU plans to use the Eprise Participant Server to improve the efficiency of its Web Store, which aggregates products for customers and provides useful information, including specs and where to get them.

Moreover, now that the Participant Server is powering MEAU's extranet, the company's distribution partners may research product availability, enter orders and track their status. The product provides a Web browser interface to create, manage and publish content, effectively putting content creation into the business operator's hands. MEAU product managers may use templates within Participant Server to contribute content and route it through the appropriate workflow and approval processes. This reduces site update times from days or weeks to minutes.

Eprise will also manage content on MEAU's forthcoming redesigned Internet site which will link to the Web Store, as well as the intranet, which provides its 700 employees access to human resources and benefits information.

"When a manufacturer needs one of our products, they need to know the location of the closest distributor that has what they need right away," said Scott Whitsitt, manager of Internet Business, MEAU. "Before installing Participant Server, the Web was not our most up-to-date resource for providing this information. Now that we've empowered our business people to contribute content and integrated Eprise Participant Server with our SAP system, the Web Store and distributor extranet are as current as the knowledge we have."

MEAU's products include CNC Systems, Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC), Human Machine Interfaces (HMIs), PC Based Controls, Variable Frequency Drives (VFDs), Servo Motors and Amplifiers, Linear Servos, Robots, Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) Systems and Automated Industrial Sewing Machines for a range of factory automation applications.